July 06, 2018 12:22
New U.S. Ambassador to Korea Harry Harris said hello to Koreans in a Twitter video on Thursday, ahead of his arrival in Seoul to take up the long-vacant post.
He introduced himself as a "huge fan" of Korean food and drink, especially bibimbap and soju from Andong, North Gyeongsang Province.
He began the message with "hello" in Korean and added, "It will be a great privilege for me to serve as President [Donald] Trump's representative in a country that's an ally and an important partner of the U.S., not only in Northeast Asia but globally."
Harris, a former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, is the son of a U.S. Navy officer and veteran of the Korean War.
He recounted how his father told him about working with Korean sailors in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province.
Harris survived a Senate confirmation hearing on June 14 and was sworn in on June 29.
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